Thomas G. Sinas

Tom SinasGrand Rapids Personal Injury Lawyer

Tom Sinas is a trial lawyer who has spent his career representing injured individuals and serving the public. He is a partner at the law firm and manages its downtown Grand Rapids office. He focuses his practice on personal injury, auto negligence and auto no-fault litigation.

Tom has tried to verdict civil and criminal cases in several Midwestern states. He has also lectured and authored numerous articles on trial practice and substantive law.

Tom earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, graduating with highest honors and high distinction. He then obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.

After law school, Tom practiced with a national law firm in Minneapolis, where he represented catastrophically injured individuals and their families. He was then selected to join Minnesota’s premier state prosecution office on a special assignment to prosecute complex financial crimes.

Tom and his family returned to Michigan in 2013 to continue the proud tradition of the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, which was founded by his grandfather in 1951. In addition to practicing law at the firm’s West Michigan location, Tom holds leadership positions at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Kent County Legal Assistance Center.

As part of his commitment to helping Michigan residents understand their legal rights, Tom partners with West Michigan FOX 17 to present a weekly television segment called “Know the Law.”  He discusses practical topics, such as auto no-fault insurance coverage, workplace injuries, bicycle accidents, distracted driving, just to name a few.

Tom is admitted to practice in Michigan and Minnesota. Tom, his wife and their children live in the Grand Rapids historic Heritage Hill neighborhood.

Practice Areas

Auto accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents, personal injury, wrongful death

Professional Associations

Brain Injury Association of Michigan – board of directors
Grand Rapids Bar Association – trustee
Legal Assistance Center – president elect
Justice Foundation of West Michigan – committee member
Michigan Association for Justice
Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) – associate general counsel
Grand Rapids Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan

Publications

“Reasonable Proof – It’s Simpler Than You Think” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, November/December 2016

“Beware Of The Family ‘Step-Down’ Auto Insurance Clause — Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 20, 2016

“You Are What You Plead – Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies District Courts’ Subject Matter Jurisdiction” – The Grand Rapids Lawyer, September/October 2016

“Local Attorney Warns Michigan Residents: Beware Of Insurance ‘Step-Down’ Clause — Grand Rapids Legal News, August 26, 2016

“A Stitch in Time – Supreme Court Softens the One-Year Notice Rule in PIP Cases — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, May/June 2016

“A New Frontier in the Wild West of ERISA Litigation” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, March/April 2016

“A Lifeboat for Medical Providers Adrift in the No-Fault Sea” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, January/February 2016

“When Publication Leads to Clarification” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, November/December 2015

“The Michigan Auto No-Fault Law: Your Rights & Benefits,” 8th edition (with George Sinas and Steve Sinas), 2015

“Auto no-fault reform is anti-jobs, anti-free market, anti-Michigan” — Grand Rapids Business Journal, May 30, 2015

“Michigan Supreme Court Affirms Mind-Body Connection” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, May 2015

“Don’t Overlook the Intentional Auto Tort” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, March 2015

“Standing Strong: Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Medical Providers’ Right to Sue No-Fault Insurers” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, January 2015

“A Quick Guide to Michigan No-Fault Law” (with George Sinas), 2014

“A Judicially-Created Disqualification from No-Fault Benefits” — The Grand Rapids Lawyer, September 2014

“There’s One Important Question Left Out of Grand Rapids’ Airbnb Discussion” — The Grand Rapids Press/MLive, August 2014

“Uber Raises Public Safety Concerns” — Lansing State Journal, August 2014

“A New Trap for the Unwary No-Fault Lawyer” — Grand Rapids Lawyer, 2014

“Text, Lies, and Identity Theft: Prosecuting Complex Financial Fraud with Minnesota’s Racketeering Statute” — William Mitchell Law Review, 2013

“Professionalism in Medicine: A Case-Based Guide for Medical Students” (contributing author), 2010

“Damages Questions on the Special Verdict Form” — Journal of the Minnesota Association for Justice, 2010

“Using the Internet Archive to Investigate and Strengthen Your Case” — Journal of the Minnesota Association for Justice, 2008

Speaking Engagements

Third-Party Threshold Litigation – 4th Annual No-Fault Summit (ICLE), April 2017

Proving Life Impact in Threshold Cases: Judicial References and Medical Research – MAJ No-Fault Institute, September 2016

Uber and Other Ride Sharing Services – MAJ No-Fault Institute, September 2016

Third-Party Threshold Litigation – 3rd Annual No-Fault Summit (ICLE), April 2016

The Dire Consequences of D Insurance (SB 288) – 31st Annual Western Michigan Brain Injury Symposium, April 2016

Michigan No-Fault Update – Michigan College of Trauma Surgeons, November 5, 2015

Michigan Auto No-Fault Update for Medical Professionals – Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Symposium, October 22, 2015

Step-Downs and Sneaky UM/UIM Clauses – MAJ No-Fault Institute, September 29, 2015

Auto Law 101 – CPAN Advocacy Workshop – Kalamazoo, August 17, 2015

Intersection: The Sharing Economy and the Law – National Association of Legal Secretaries – West Michigan Chapter, June 11, 2015

Preparing the Medical Professional for a Deposition – Brain Injury Association of Michigan, June 10, 2015

Overview of the Michigan No-Fault Law – Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, May 31, 2015

Auto No-Fault Update – CPAN Town Hall, April 20, 2015

In-Service Training – Hope Network, April 20, 2015

The Admire Problem – Strive Recreational Therapy In-Service Seminar, March 31, 2015

Auto No-Fault Law Overview – Care Plus TLC Medical Provider Meeting, January 22, 2015

Understanding the Auto No-Fault World – Ambrose Rehabilitation Consultants In-Service Seminar, January 16, 2015

The Admire Problem – MAJ No-Fault Institute, 2014

Auto Law 101 and Pending No-Fault Legislation – Mary Free Bed Patient Advocate Advisory Council, 2014

Admire v Auto-Owners Ins. Co. – Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference, 2014

A Legal Analysis of the Admire Problem – CPAN Admire III Workshop, 2014

Auto Law 101 – “Let Our Voices Be Heard” (CPAN Workshop), 2014

Criminal Law – People’s Law School – 2013

Racketeering Forfeiture –  Financial Crime Training, 2013

Beyond Admire: Recent Court of Appeals Decisions Regarding the Everyday Living Needs of the Catastrophically Injured – CPAN Admire II Workshop (2013)

Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud – Minnesota Sheriff’s Association/Law Enforcement Training Service, 2012

To Answer or Not to Answer: Legal Arguments For and Against Requiring the Jury to Answer the Damage Question – Minnesota Association for Justice Annual Convention, 2009

Going Back in Time: Using the Internet Archive – American Association for Justice Mid-Year Convention, 2008

Awards & Recognition

“Up & Coming Lawyer” – Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2016
“Prevention Award” – Brain Injury Association of Michigan, 2016
“Rising Star” Award – Michigan Super Lawyers, 2015 & 2016
Client Choice Award – Avvo, 2014-2016
Excellence Award – American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division, 2008
Best Brief Award – University of Minnesota Law School, 2004

Education

B.A., University of Michigan – Economics, 2001
B.F.A, University of Michigan – Jazz Studies, 2001
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2006

Admissions

Michigan, 2013
Minnesota, 2006

Connect with Tom Sinas

email tomsinas@sinasdramis.com

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